The California Fish and Wildlife Department has scattered dozens of these nesting boxes throughout the refuge. This Barn Swallow eyed me warily the whole time I was taking photographs.
It needn't have bothered. I've already eaten my quota of Barn Swallow for the year. Landing at John Wayne Airport in Orange County. This is the 405 frwy looking towards Irvine. Lots of birds diving and soaring around the preserve, but most did not come close enough [or stay still enough] for the Fuji to do its work. Fortunately, this Turkey Vulture accommodated me with a fly-by. He was probably no more than eight feet from my face.
Seriously, though, the place is a massive aviary. With all that abundant marine life bubbling about under the surface, the area can support as many of these creatures as are able to tolerate living together.
And that is a surprising number, though the toleration varies in its magnitude from one minute to the next. A ride called Just leaving the office and saw this and had to share... Honey Bee on Beach Coreopsis
Lots of wildflowers at the preserve this time of year, and lots of critters punching the clock to get the pollen and nectar collected on time.
The Beach Coreopsis flowers have blossoms about twice the size of a silver dollar, though the center isn't much bigger than a quarter [does anybody still know what those are?].
This bee spent a bit of time on this blossom, leading me to believe that there was a mess'o'powder to forage. Stop and think Leave it to the OC to build a combination automobile/bicycle/pedestrian path, each with its own lane, along a three mile stretch of the upper portion of the Newport Bay.
But that is exactly what they did.
The trail is all asphalt, with a few very small offshoots into dirt Near the entrance to the Preserve is a structure called the Muth Interpretive Center. From the literature, it sounds as if this location is used to help educate the public about the efforts to restore and maintain the refuge, and to offer educational services to local schools and families about the wildlife in the area.
Really a sweet-sounding place.
However, admittance is by invitation only, and the place is locked down tighter than Area-51.
That doesn't keep the birds from dropping by to perch on some of the structures both inside and outside the center.
This Mourning Dove sat quietly while I hid like a cat burglar behind my hiking partner and tried to get a picture. Ten photos taken, only one in focus, but I think it's a good one.
William Jones took an even snazzier one a couple of days ago, and he mentioned to me in a comment that he never realized how colorful these birds are, though they appear almost grey from a distance.
They would have always been grey to me because that is how I generally get to see them. With this one exception. This is an exquisite plant whose name I was able to find on Google this morning, but promptly lost the link. Those in the know (@throwingsofas) might nudge me in the right direction.
The blossoms are silvery-white, with very thin petals, as you can see from an example in the upper left. The rest of the plant is literally covered in little iridescent beads [Google iridescent bead flowers and prepare yourself for the biggest crafts' fair on the internet].
There are pods which contain both ruby beads and colorless beads, But the rest of the plant is encrusted with the colorless variety. I have to believe this is some form of water collection system for the plant, though I can only guess at this point.
They are unimaginably beautiful to see strewn along the path like a trail of polished gems. As we are likely to say anytime we take a picture -- the photo doesn't do them justice. C and Java fans take note! The Preserve was established back in 1975 after a fairly ferocious battle between environmentalists and, well, everybody else. I doubt there is anyone alive today who regrets the turn of events.
For one thing, huge swaths of land have been preserved [and protected] in pristine form, for another, public access through the place makes it a popular destination for runners, hikers and slow-driving tourists.
Finally, the surrounding area is almost completely developed for business, high-end residential, and hotel property.
Everybody wins...well, as long as you're willing to keep your head pointed in the direction most suited to your tastes.
It's probably a workable model only where almost everyone is working with a set of unlimited resources and is willing to put them on the line in pursuit of their interests.
A Walden for billionaires, if you wish. But I gotta admit, it seems to work. Very nice courtyard surrounded by high rise buildings. Lots of artwork and fountains to see. This photo was taken through glass, so it's not as clear. Grill em all truck! The Wite burger. Nom nom. Bacon burger with Sriacha chili paste and cream cheese. So good though! My bagel from Shirley's. Cream cheese was delicious. Parking spots all have inspirational sayings Brewery, Just ended a meeting in this cool conference room. Peach jelly. It may be a bit expensive, but it's totally worth the experience. Orange County Pet Expo - fun pets, weenie dog races, splash dog contests, agility competition, lamas , tigers oh my!!! Come by and see us today at booth 105. Having fun!!! Looking out the window in the lobby of The Michelson Building. Really unique shallow infinity pools surrounding the trees. Cool place for employees to relax. Penthouse terrace at The Michelson Building Back Bay Loop, 10.6 miles of gorgeous wildlife.
www.surfseayouandme.com Lobby at First American Title Co Hot tip from David Cedrone Little boy and his frog Interesting wall - I thought. 405 freeway slicing a path through Irvine, looking southbound, which is actually east at this point, just past Jamboree Rd. Gorgeous paddle session surrounded by nature with our NIXY Inflatable SUPs Happened to look back over my shoulder when I was in my fitness walk at lunchtime. Corrected perspective (the utility poles were leaning badly) and boosted the shadows a bit It's a bird! It's a plane! It's SuperDog!! Connecting the 18th and 19th floors at Hyundai Financial. Great food & show for the hold family. So take the family and enjoy the summer Appetizers. I had to walk pretty quickly to get from my parking space to this location before I lost the light.. i’m glad I made it when I did because five minutes after I took this photo all that fabulous color was gone, And the clouds were just white One store located inside Mitsuwa that sells Japanese fruit jelly, and other dessert delicacies. My favorite is the peach jelly. It's made from high quality white peaches and it is incredibly juicy when you bite into it! >< amazing. Vegan food, twister salad wrap and native nachos, if you don't want chips I've heard it tastes good with kale. Also on Friday they have happy hour so the appetizers are 50% off!!! The manager is very nice as well! Take the family to have fun... I walk to this area every few days in hopes of catching an elusive blue heron that occasionally hangs out at a small pond nearby. I looked down on my return trip a few days ago and saw this interesting mushroom Picking up the perfect Christmas tree is not an easy task! No kidding🤣 Can anyone tell what plant this is
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Get an overview of this hotelCosta Mesa hotel with complimentary area shuttle

Popular property highlights

Pets allowed
Free WiFi
Restaurant
Swimming pool
Business center

Airport: 3 miles

Located in Costa Mesa, this hotel is 1.5 miles from South Coast Plaza and 3 miles from John Wayne Airport. University of California-Irvine is 5 miles from the hotel. Newport Pier is 7 miles away.

Pool, spa tub

The Crowne Plaza Costa Mesa Orange County features Savoy Restaurant and Lounge. The hotel offers an outdoor pool, a spa tub, and a fitness facility. A complimentary shuttle transports guests to the airport and nearby areas.

Pillow menus, Wi-Fi

Guestrooms at the Crowne Plaza Costa Mesa Orange County feature pillow menus and separate sitting areas. 37-inch flat-panel TVs come with cable channels. Rooms provide complimentary wireless Internet access.

Languages Spoken

Crowne Plaza Costa Mesa Orange County

Hotel Amenities

Hotel Amenities

At the Crowne Plaza Costa Mesa Orange County, Savoy Restaurant and Lounge serves international cuisine. The Wine Salon offers California wines. This Costa Mesa business hotel features a heated outdoor pool, a spa tub, and a 24-hour fitness facility. The hotel includes a 24-hour business center, meeting rooms with audiovisual equipment, and banquet and ballroom space. Guests enjoy complimentary wireless Internet access throughout the hotel, as well as a 24-hour front desk. One-day dry cleaning/laundry service is available (surcharge). Multilingual staff can arrange concierge services. There is on-site parking (surcharge). A complimentary shuttle transports guests to the airport, a shopping center, and nearby areas.

A total renovation of this property was completed in 2010.

  • Express check-in 
  • Bar/lounge 
  • Free shopping center shuttle 
  • Elevator/lift 
  • Free airport transportation 
  • 24-hour front desk 
  • Conference space 
  • Porter/bellhop 
  • Express check-out 
  • Restaurant 
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service 
  • Free WiFi 
  • Self parking (surcharge) 
  • Outdoor pool 
  • Smoke-free property 
  • Free area shuttle 
  • Number of meeting rooms - 4 
  • Luggage storage 
  • ATM/banking 
  • Breakfast available (surcharge) cooked-to-order 
  • 24-hour business center 
  • Concierge services 
  • Conference space size (feet) - 1000 
  • Laundry facilities 
  • Spa tub 
  • 24-hour fitness facilities 
  • Total number of rooms - 224 
  • Number of floors - 5 
  • Number of buildings/towers - 2 
  • Wedding services 
  • Multilingual staff 
  • Free newspapers in lobby 

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family Hotel  
  • Outdoor pool  
  • Free Wi-Fi  
  • Area shuttle (complimentary)  
  • Laundry facilities  
  • Refrigerator (on request)  
  • Cribs/infant beds (complimentary)  

Internet

Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Parking

Self parking (surcharge)

Room Amenities

  • Separate sitting area 
  • Air conditioning 
  • Phone 
  • Premium TV channels 
  • Coffee/tea maker 
  • In-room safe 
  • Cable TV service 
  • Hypo-allergenic bedding available 
  • Premium bedding 
  • Desk 
  • In-room climate control (air conditioning) 
  • Hair dryer 
  • Daily housekeeping 
  • Iron/ironing board 
  • Refrigerator (on request) 
  • Free WiFi 
  • Designer toiletries 
  • Rainfall showerhead 
  • Room service (limited hours) 
  • Free cribs/infant beds 
  • Rollaway/extra beds (free) 
  • Blackout drapes/curtains 
  • MP3 docking station 
  • Flat-panel TV 
  • Pillow menu 

Where to Eat

Fireside Tavern - Serves American dishes for breakfast daily (surcharge), and international cuisine, including seafood and small plates, for dinner.

In-room dining - Available during limited hours.

Nearby Things to Do

The hotel features a heated outdoor pool, a spa tub, and a 24-hour fitness facility.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or nearby; fees may apply.

  • Bicycle rentals nearby 
  • Golfing nearby 
  • Surfing/boogie boarding nearby 
  • Mountain biking nearby 
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby 
  • Golf lessons available nearby 
  • Kayaking nearby 
  • Sailing nearby 
  • Scooter/moped rentals nearby 

Accessibility

If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please note them at check-out when you book your room.

  • Accessible bathroom 
  • Roll-in shower 
  • In-room accessibility 

Hotel Policies

Check-in

Check-in time starts at 3 PM

Minimum check-in age is 21

Special check-in instructions:

Airport shuttle service is available on request from 5:30 AM to 10 PM. Contact the property in advance to make arrangements.

Check-out

Check-out time is noon

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Kids stay free! Children 17 years old and younger stay free when using existing bedding.
  • Free rollaway/extra beds!
  • Free cribs (infant beds)!

Pets

  • Pets allowed for an extra charge of USD 35 per pet, per day
  • Dogs only
  • 2 per room (up to 20 lb)
  • Specific rooms only
  • Pet-friendly rooms can be requested by contacting the property at the number on the booking confirmation

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card are required at check-in for incidental charges.
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.
Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property. The policies listed are provided by the property.

Fees

You'll be asked to pay the following charges at the property:
  • Deposit: USD 50.00 per day
We have included all charges provided to us by the property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the room you book.

Optional extras

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.
  • Breakfast fee: between USD 10.00 and USD 20.00 per person (approximately)
  • Self parking fee: USD 14.00 per night
  • Pet fee: USD 35 per pet, per day
  • An in-room refrigerator is available for an additional fee
The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

Hotel Name

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We should mention

Children 17 years old and younger stay free when occupying the parent or guardian's room, using existing bedding. This property allows pets in specific rooms only (surcharges apply and can be found in the Fees section). Guests can request one of these rooms by contacting the property directly, using the contact information on the booking confirmation.


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